By Anne B.
Hello Ramblers! Anne here to give you some birthday wisdom now that I’ve turned 22 haha. I don’t know what it is about turning 22, but it feels like I’m more of a real adult now and that I should have my life together. Well, I do feel like a real adult, but I definitely still don’t feel like I have my shit together most days. Through the ups and downs that these 22 years have brought me, though, I have learned a couple things that help me stay happy and thriving. So, today, I will be sharing 22 little mottos to live your life by and, hopefully, make it easier.
1. Stay True to Yourself
Be whoever you want to be, no matter what other people say. Well, as long as it doesn’t bring any harm to yourself and/or others.
2. Improve Yourself Every Day
Invest in yourself. Learn something new every day. Become as knowledgeable as possible. Work on yourself and on improving this planet cause it could sure use our help right now.
3. Find Your Style
This will make it easier to get ready and you will feel so much more comfortable and confident about what you’re wearing.
4. Listen to Your Elders
Sure, they may not know about social media and their selfie game might not always be the strongest… but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to their advice. Parents, grandparents, mentors, and other older people in your life have lived on this planet for longer than you. They have already gone through a lot of the trial and error that makes up life, so learn from their experiences to make your life easier and better. Also, if you want a truthful opinion on certain things like clothes, parents and grandparents can be brutally honest. Sometimes, a little TOO brutal in my opinion haha...
5. Do Not Dwell on Things
Whether that’s relationships, friendships, negative thoughts, negative people, and so on. If something is bringing you down, stop dwelling on it and move on. Your happiness will thank you.
6. Take Care of Your Health
I’m guilty of pushing off doctor’s appointments too, but if something doesn’t feel right, then go to the DAMN doctor... please. Go to your annual check up, eat healthily, exercise, and do things that will help your mental health.
7. Don’t Be Afraid of Making Connections
Whether that is through social media, at a conference, at school or work, or anywhere else, don’t be afraid to talk to other people. I promise they are human just like you and me, and they won’t bite (generally). You never know what friendships or professional connections can come from talking to strangers.
8. Don’t Say One Day, Say Now
Be brave. Be bold. Do the things you want to do as soon as possible because you never know what the future will bring.
9. Learn to Do Things Alone
Yes, that includes calling your doctor to schedule your own appointments… terrifying, I know, but you will feel so much more like an adult after. But also, just learn to enjoy spending time by yourself. Go to a cafe, explore the city or outdoors, go to the movies, or go to cool events alone. It might feel weird and uncomfortable at first, but you will grow so much from doing things on your own.
10. This Too Shall Pass
Aka everything will be ok in the end.
11. Believe Everything is Possible
Stop saying “you can’t” and start saying “you can”.
12. Be Kind To Everyone
Be kind to everyone you pass in life, even if they aren’t to you because you don’t know where they’ve been or what they’ve been through.
13. Find Reasons to Get Up
No matter how hard it is to get up some days because you’re unmotivated or depressed, find a reason to get out of bed. Any reason to get up, no matter how small, is better than no reason at all.
14. Heartbreaks Are a Part of Life
They suck and they hurt, but you will learn and grow from them. Refer back to number 10.
15. You Can Be a Jack of All Trades
You do not have to limit yourself to being one person or following one path. If you want to be a doctor but also want to be an artist, don’t let anyone stop you.
16. Friendships Can Come From Anywhere
Nowadays, it really doesn’t matter whether you met someone in real life or through social media. You can make friends and genuine connections in all sorts of ways, and distance doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that you put in the effort and stay genuine.
17. Spend More Time Outside
There’s nothing like some fresh air and the touch of sun rays to make you feel happier and clear your mind.
18. Friends Come and Go
Make sure to check out our blogs on friendships: 7 types of friends and how to attract new friends.
19. Don’t Jump to Conclusions
Whether it’s a good or bad conclusion, avoid jumping to conclusions. Take the time to really absorb whatever the situation is before making a judgement.
20. Have a Flexible Mindset
Be adaptable. Don’t be afraid of change or growth. Sometimes things won’t go according to plan, but in the end, it’ll usually be for the best. Just go with the flow because the harder you fight against certain things, the harder it will be and you’ll likely just get stuck.
21. Stop Self-Criticizing
Stop picking out the things you don’t like about yourself and start picking out the things that you do. For everything you don’t like about yourself, find something you do, no matter how small. I know how easy it can be to look in the mirror and think about all things you want to change. Been there, done that, and still there sometimes. If there’s something you don’t like about yourself, then change it in a healthy way.
22. Love Yourself
Because you are amazing and you have managed to survive through the ups and downs of this crazy thing called life. Just that alone is reason to celebrate. Sure, nobody is perfect, but if you are willing to improve yourself and spread positivity and love into the world, then you’re pretty damn near perfect to me.
Well, Ramblers, those are 22 little lessons and mindsets that I’ve learned during my 22 years on this earth. I hope you guys liked these! Make sure to let me know what you guys thought in the comments - do you agree, disagree, relate, etc. ?
Here’s to 22 and Ramble On!